Age 0-3

Lil Libros books
Lil’ Libros was created to introduce bilingualism and Latin American culture through picture board books.  The stories celebrate characters like Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and Cuban music icon, Celia Cruz in English and Spanish with rich and colorful illustrations. 

Age 3-5

Run, Little Chaski!: An Inka Trail Adventure, Mariana Llanos and Mariana Ruiz Johnson
In this tale set in the ancient Inka empire, Little Chaski has a big job: he is the Inka King's newest royal messenger. But on his first day things quickly start to go awry. Will Little Chaski be able to deliver the royal message on time?

Zonia's Rain Forest, Juana Martinez-Neal
A heartfelt, visually stunning picture book illuminates a young girl's day of play and adventure in the lush rain forest of Peru.

Alma and How She Got Her Name, Juan Martinez -Neal
If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has way too many names. As she hears the story of her name, Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all -- and realizes that she will one day have her own story to tell. 

¿De dónde eres? or Where Are You From?, Yamile Saied Méndez and Jaime Kim
When a girl is asked where she’s from—where she’s really from—none of her answers seems to be the right one. Unsure about how to reply, she turns to her loving abuelo for help. He doesn’t give her the response she expects. She gets an even better one. English and Spanish

Turning Pages, My Life Story, Sonia Sotomayor
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor tells her own story for young readers for the very first time. As the first Latina Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor has inspired young people around the world. But what inspired her? For young Sonia, the answer was books! 

A Girl Named Rosita. The Story of Rita Moreno: Actor, Singer, Dancer, Trailblazer!  Anika Aldamuy Denise and Leo Espinosa
When young Rosita moved from Puerto Rico to the mainland United States, she didn’t know what to expect—but she knew she loved to sing and dance. Rita eventually made her way to Hollywood with a dream to be a star. There, she fought to be seen and heard, eventually landing her iconic role in West Side Story and, finally, winning her groundbreaking Oscar.

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation, Duncan Tonatiuh
Sylvia Mendez and her parents helped end school segregation in California. Mendez was denied enrollment to a “Whites only” school. Her parents took action by organizing the Hispanic community and filing a lawsuit in federal district court. Their success eventually brought an end to the era of segregated education in California.

Dancing Hands. How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln, Margarita Engle and Rafael López
As a little girl, Teresa Carreño the piano helped her share her joy. Soon she was writing her own songs and performing in grand cathedrals. Then a revolution in Venezuela forced her family to flee to the United States. Teresa kept playing, and soon she grew famous. So famous that President Abraham Lincoln wanted her to play at the White House! 


Dreamers, Yuyi Morales 
Yuyi Morales brought her hopes, her passion, her strength, and her stories with her, when she came to the United States in 1994 with her infant son. Dreamers is a celebration of making your home with the things you always carry: your resilience, your dreams, your hopes and history. 


Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You, Sonia Sotomayor
Feeling different, especially as a kid, can be tough. But in the same way that different types of plants and flowers make a garden more beautiful and enjoyable, different types of people make our world more vibrant and wonderful. United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor celebrates the different abilities kids (and people of all ages) have.


Pepe and the Parade: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage, Tracey Kyle
With new food to taste, music to dance to, and a parade to watch, Pepe couldn't be more excited to celebrate and share his Hispanic heritage in the parade. Mexican, Dominican, Panamanian, Colombian, Honduran, Nicaraguan, Chilean, Puerto Rican, Salvadoran, Guatemalan, and Cuban cultures are all represented in the parade. 

Chicano Jr's Mexican Adventure, Raúl Jiménez
Chicano Jr. is a young boy with Mexican roots, who has lived his whole life in the US, and is travelling to Mexico for the very first time to meet his grandparents. Experience Chicano's adventures as well as his cultural shock in this book for children and children at heart. Bilingual


Waiting for the Biblioburro/Esperando el Biblioburro, Monica Brown
On most days, teacher and librarian Luis Soriano Bohórquez packs his two burros, Alfa and Beto, with books and makes his way over mountains and through valleys to visit children in far-flung villages in rural Colombia—all for the sake of literacy and culture. Bilingual EN/SP

Tito Puente, Mambo King or Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo, Monica Brown
In this vibrant bilingual picture book biography of musician Tito Puente, readers will dance along to the beat of this mambo king's life. From Spanish Harlem to the Grammy Awards—and all the beats in between—this is the true life story of a boy whose passion for music turned him into the "King of Mambo."

The Spirit of Chicano Park/El espiritu del parque Chicano,  Beatrice Zamora and Meza Maira
Join Bettie and Bonky as they discover a magical park located in the most peculiar place, under a bridge! They learn to love their new home in Barrio Logan, a neighborhood with a rich history in San Diego, California. Through the eyes of a mystical señora they travel through a historical journey of a community's struggle to build a park. Bilingual EN/SP

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré, Anika Aldamuy Denise and Paola Escobar
An inspiring picture book biography of storyteller, puppeteer, and New York City’s first Puerto Rican librarian, who championed bilingual literature.

Sharuko: El Arqueólogo Peruano Julio C. Tello or Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello, Monica Brown and  Elisa Chavarri

Growing up in the late 1800s, Julio Tello, an Indigenous boy, spent time exploring the caves and burial grounds in the foothills of the Peruvian Andes. Over his lifetime, Julio Tello made many revolutionary discoveries at archaeological sites around Peru. He showed that Peru's Indigenous cultures had been established thousands of years ago. Bilingual EN/SP

 

Age 5-7

Mario and the Hole in the Sky, How a Chemist Saved our Planet, Elizabeth Rusch and Teresa Martinez
Mexican American Mario Molina is a modern-day hero who helped solve the ozone crisis of the 1980s. Growing up in Mexico City, Mario was a curious boy who studied hidden worlds through a microscope. As a young man in California, he discovered that CFCs were tearing a hole in the earth’s protective ozone layer. Mario knew the world had to be warned!

Be Bold! Be Brave! 11 American Latinas who made U.S. History, "Sé Audaz! Sé Valiente!: 11 Latinas que hicieron historia en los Estados Unidos", Naibe Reynoso and Jone Leal 
This book highlights 11 Latinas who excelled in their professions and made U.S. History by accomplishing something that hadn't been done before in various fields. Bilingual

Grandes Dreamers: Twelve Fierce Latina Trailblazers Who Paved The Way In the United States, Argelia Atilano and Anna Alvarado
Proudly highlights the life, journey, impressive careers and groundbreaking milestones of goal-driven Latina women born in the USA during the twenty and twenty-first centuries. Each one of these high achievers demonstrate in different ways how they have proudly embraced their biculturalism, heritage and ancestry in their home country.

 

Age 7-11

The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros,
The House on Mango Street is a 1984 novel by Mexican-American author Sandra Cisneros. Structured as a series of vignettes, it tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, a 12-year-old Chicana girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago.

 

Esperanza Rising, Pam Muñoz Ryan,
Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico, and that she'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. 

 

Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics, Margarita Engle, Rafael López 
Musician, botanist, baseball player, pilot—the Latinos featured in this collection come from many different countries and from many different backgrounds. Celebrate their accomplishments and their contributions to a collective history and a community that continues to evolve and thrive today!

 

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library, Carole Boston Weatherford
Amid the scholars, poets, authors, and artists of the Harlem Renaissance stood an Afro–Puerto Rican named Arturo Schomburg. This law clerk’s life’s passion was to collect books, letters, music, and art from Africa and the African diaspora and bring to light the achievements of people of African descent through the ages. When Schomburg’s collection became so big it began to overflow his house (and his wife threatened to mutiny), he turned to the New York Public Library.

 

Clemente!, Willie Perdomo and Bryan Collier

A little boy named Clemente learns about his namesake, the great baseball player Roberto Clemente, in this joyful picture book biography.

 

The Tia Lola Stories Series, Julia Alvarez
Moving to Vermont after his parents split, Miguel has plenty to worry about! Tía Lola, his quirky, carismática, and maybe magical aunt makes his life even more unpredictable when she arrives from the Dominican Republic to help out his Mami. English and Spanish

 

Age 11-14

 

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, Erika L Sánchez, 
A poignant but often laugh-out-loud funny contemporary YA about losing a sister and finding yourself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican American home. 

Mexican WhiteBoy, Matt de la Peña
Danny is tall and skinny and at his private school, they don’t expect much else from him. Danny is brown. Half-Mexican brown. And growing up in San Diego that close to the border means everyone else knows exactly who he is before he opens his mouth. Before they find out he can’t speak Spanish, and before they realize his mom has blond hair and blue eyes, they’ve got him pegged. But it works the other way too. And Danny’s convinced it’s his whiteness that sent his father back to Mexico.

Furia, Yamile Saied Méndez, 
A powerful, contemporary YA set in Argentina, about a rising soccer star who must put everything on the line--even her blooming love story--to follow her dreams. 

The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo
The Poet X is a raw, effervescent debut novel about the power of language and speaking your own truth. Written entirely in verse, this book follows the trials and tribulations of Xiomara, a teenager growing up in a tough Harlem neighbourhood, and her creative release in the world of slam poetry.

Running, Natalia Sylvester 
When fifteen-year-old Cuban American Mariana Ruiz’s father runs for president, Mari starts to see him with new eyes. A novel about waking up and standing up, and what happens when you stop seeing your dad as your hero—while the whole country is watching.

 

Never Look Back, Lilliam Rivera 
Eury comes to the Bronx as a girl haunted. Haunted by losing everything in Hurricane Maria--and by an evil spirit, Ato. She fully expects the tragedy that befell her and her family in Puerto Rico to catch up with her in New York. Yet, for a time, she can almost set this fear aside, because there's this boy

 

Undocumented: A Worker’s Fight by Duncan Tonatiuh
The story is told via the ancient Mixtec codex—accordion fold—format. Juan grew up in Mexico working in the fields to help provide for his family. Struggling for money, Juan crosses over into the United States and becomes an undocumented worker. Juan risks everything and stands up for himself and the rest of the community

Age 14-16

Coming soon!